Storyteaching Workshop 2017

Nothing to be Afraid of: Using Stories to Find Your Way in the Dark

with Sam Payne and Suzanne Christensen

The Storyteaching Workshop is an annual opportunity for teachers and parents to hone storytelling skills and explore how to apply storytelling to actively engage children in learning. 

Dates and Location

  • Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Storyteller Performances: Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Student Performances: Friday, June 23rd, 2017 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
  • Classes will be held in the Hurst Center at Weber State University

Registration (Link)

  • One undergraduate, graduate, and USOE credit available

Together, Sam Payne and Suzanne Christensen make a formidable team as teaching artists, helping storytellers develop rigorous processes for making their writing and performing the best it can be. They work with elementary school students, high schoolers, and grownups including community groups, business owners, university professors, festival-goers, and more. What are people saying?

"Bravo Bravo! Sam Payne, the Pied Piper of storytelling, led us on an amazing journey to discover and refine our own stories. Participants left this workshop empowered with writing tools, performance skills and warm appluase. Thank you, Sam!

—Jan C. Smith

"I knew before the course started that it would be awesome yet I was not prepared for this level of awesomeness. This was the first time having Sam and Suzanne come. And it will not be the last!"

—Rachel Hedman, Story Crossroads




"I have taken dozens, maybe hundreds of writing type events and this one is the one that finally broke through my fear. "

—Angie Kathleen Lund, winner, Utah's Biggest Liar contest 2010


"The comments were never painful, but gave me confidence and more resolve.  It was like knowledge is power and I felt more powerful as a storyteller because of the tips I received.  This has been so fun!"   

—Dixie Cragun, Utah Storytellers Guild

"Thanks for the opportunity to attend and learn from the pros!  I plan to move forward with this new endeavor with ammo."

—Dan Eastmond,



Weber State University, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ensures equal access to all university functions, activities, and programs for individuals with disabilities.  Please contact Jackie Shafer at 801-626-7515 at least one week prior to this event to request accommodations in relation to a disability.